January 24, 2012

Women’s Basketball Hits the Road to Take on Maine Wednesday (6 p.m.)

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will head back out on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 25 when they visit rival University of Maine for a 6 p.m. matchup. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP

Wednesday's matchup between New Hampshire and Maine will be the 70th meeting all-time between the two rivals. Maine leads the all-time series (45-24), however, the Wildcats have earned victories in seven of the last 10 meetings. The Black Bears earned wins in both regular season meetings during the 2009-10 season, but the Wildcats have claimed wins in three straight contests, including a series sweep last season. 

SCOUTING MAINE (5-15, 2-5 AE):

Maine won two out of three this past week, downing Vermont 70-60, dropping a game at Hartford 64-52 before defeating Stony Brook 57-44... The 13-point win over Stony Brook was Maine's largest margin of victory over a conference foe since it knocked off Binghamton 63-50 on Feb. 2, 2008. This is also the first time Maine has won two out of three conference games since winning two in a row over Binghamton and Albany on Jan. 21 & 28, 2010... Samantha Baranowski is currently averaging 13.1 points per game as she is riding a four-game double-figure scoring streak, matching the longest streak of her career... Baranowski set a new career high in points with 18 in the win over Vermont before re-setting her career high with 19 in the following game at Hartford... Baranowski has raised her points per game from 6.2 before conference play to a team-leading 8.6... Danielle Walczak also had a solid week, averaging 8.0 points per game and 7.3 rebounds including pulling down a career-high, and individual season-high for the team, 11 rebounds at Hartford. 

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (10-9, 3-4 AE):

UNH went 1-2 last week, picking up a 63-53 win over Stony Brook, before falling at Boston U. 79-39 and to Binghamton at home 64-55... De­nise Beliveau led the way against the Seawolves as she amassed game highs of 19 points and seven rebounds, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor. Morgan Frame turned in 11 points and six boards, while Cari Reed fin­ished with 10 points... Against Binghamton, Beliveau led all players with 16 points and 11 rebounds for her league-leading eighth double-double of the season. She shot 5-of-16 from the field and finished with three as­sists and three steals. Kelsey Hogan posted 12 points and eight rebounds, shooting 4-of-6 from be­yond the arc, while Frame added 11 points to round out the double-figure scorers... Beliveau and Frame each added 13 points against Boston U... Beliveau averaged 16 points, 8.3 rebounds and three steals in the three-game span and ranks second in the league with 9.0 rebounds per game ... UNH leads the conference in free throw percentage (71.2) and 3-point field goal percentage (32.9).

THE COACHES

Head Coach Maureen Magarity is back for her second season as head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team. Last season, Magarity led UNH to a 6-10 conference record - twice as many wins as the year before - and a trip to the America East tournament before the Wildcats fell to Binghamton in the quarterfinals. Magarity was named the sixth head coach in the history of the program on May 18, 2010 and the youngest coach of a Division I team – men's or women's – in the country.

Head coach Richard Barron enters his first season at the helm of the Maine women's basketball team. Barron comes to the University of Maine after a two-year stint at North Carolina State where he served as an assistant coach under Kellie Harper. Barron spent two seasons at Baylor prior to his time at NC State as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator with the Bears. He began his Division I head coaching career at Princeton as he spent six seasons at the helm of the Tigers' program and managed the Tigers to an Ivy League title in 2005-06, setting a school record for overall wins (21-7) and conference wins (12-2). 

50/50 CLUB

Despite a 1-2 showing by the Wildcats last week, Denise Beliveau averaged 16.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 3.0 spg. Additionally, she was highly efficient all around the floor as she shot 50 percent from the field (17-34) and 57.1 percent from long range (4-7).  

DEEP THREAT

Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 46.6 percent, shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc against Binghamton. Her four treys tied a season-high as she also netted four 3-pointers in the season-opener at Brown.

CONFERENCE 'CAT

While Denise Beliveau ranks second in the America East in rebounding this season with 9.0 boards per contest, she has stepped up her game since the start of league play. In conference play, Beliveau leads all players with 10.0 rebounds per game, 7.1 defensive rebounds per game and minutes played (37.0), and ranks second in scoring (15.3).  

MOVIN' ON UP

With 11 rebounds against Binghamton on Jan. 22, Denise Beliveau climbed the charts in the school record books as she now ranks fourth all-time with 757 boards. She also ranks ninth in scoring (1,202), seventh in 3-point field goals made (124) and tied for seventh in steals (180) all-time in program history.

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Denise Beliveau posted 16 points and 11 rebounds against Binghamton for her league-leading eighth double-double of the season. The senior has notched six of her double-doubles on the road this season, including one on a neutral site against NJIT. Beliveau is no stranger to the accomplishment as she posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last season. 

PERFECT 10

New Hampshire logged its 10th victory of the season on Jan. 16 in a 63-53 victory over Stony Brook, marking the first time the Wildcats have reached double-digit wins since the 2005-06 campaign (15-13). It was also the earliest UNH has reached the 10-win mark since the 1998-99 season (19-8), when the Wildcats picked up their 10th win on Jan. 11.

PAIR OF TWOS 

Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame each notched double-double performances in the team's overtime win at Vermont on Jan. 14. Beliveau posted 15 points and a career-best 17 boards for her league-leading seventh double-double of the season, while Frame added a team-high 16 points and 12 rebounds for her third of the season. The duo has combined for seven double-doubles since Frame entered the lineup.

BOARD GAMES

New Hampshire posted 55 rebounds at Vermont on Jan. 14, marking the most by any team in the conference this season. Individually, Denise Beliveau grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds, the most by a Wildcat this season. Beliveau ranks second in the America East in rebounding with 9.0 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.4). As a team, the Wildcats are 9-1 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition.

DYNAMIC DUO

The tandem of Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame is shaping up to be one of the top scoring combinations in the conference, averaging 31.1 points per game since Frame entered the lineup as a mid-year transfer from St. Anselm's College, which accounts for more than half the team's points in the span (51.9 %). Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 16.3 rebounds per game in the 11-game stretch.

JUST KEEP IT CLOSE…

New Hampshire is 4-1 in games decided by five points or less this season and 2-0 in overtime … UNH has outscored the opposition by a 28-21 margin in overtime periods … The Wildcats have shot 52.9 percent (9-17) from the floor in two overtime contests. 

SWEET CHARITY

New Hampshire went 24-of-29 at the free throw line at Vermont on Jan. 14. The Wildcats pace the league with a 71.2 percent mark at the free throw line.

OH, CANADA

Kaylee Kilpatrick posted career numbers in UNH's home loss to Albany as she came off the bench and scored a team-high 14 points. She shot 4-of-6 from the field and went 7-of-8 at the free throw line, adding a pair of blocks. Her previous game-high was a six-point performance at Central Connecticut.

MAKING IT COUNT

Despite the loss, UNH edged Albany in points-off-turnovers on Jan. 11, as the Wildcats scored 20 points off 19 Great Dane miscues. 

FROM DOWNTOWN

Sophomore Kelsey Hogan and junior Cari Reed rank one-two in the America East for 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan leads the league at 46.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Reed ranks second at 37.3 percent. As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 32.9 percent from behind the arc. 

ALL-AROUND EFFORT

Denise Beliveau netted 16 points against Binghamton, scoring in double-figures in eight of the last nine contests. She has scored in double-figures in 15 out of 18 games this season. In the America East conference, Beliveau is ranked in the top 10 in eight statistical categories. She is atop the leaderboard in defensive rebound average (6.4) and is second in overall rebounding at 9.0 per game. Her other top rankings include free throw percentage (third, 85.7), steals (second, 2.4 per game) and scoring (fifth, 13.7 ppg).

RISING TO THE (CYCLONE) CHALLENGE

Denise Beliveau enjoyed her trip to Ames, Iowa as the senior averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game at the Iowa State Cyclone Challenge. In the consolation game against NJIT, Beliveau poured in a season-high 24 points and added a game-high 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. The senior was highly efficient from the floor as she shot 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range. Her sharpshooting efforts fueled the Wildcats to a victory as she halted a 13-2 NJIT run with eight straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to put UNH back in contention after an early deficit. Beliveau also logged double-digits in the opener against Big-12-foe Iowa State as she chipped in 12 points and added four steals, en route to All-Tournament Team and America East Player of the Week honors.

STARTING STRONG

The UNH starting five accounted for all but two of the team's 79 points in the win over NJIT on Dec. 30. Denise Beliveau led the way with 24 points, while Morgan Frame (20), Kelsey Hogan (13) and Abigail LaRosa (11) also reached double-figures. Cari Reed just missed the mark with nine points and also dished out a career-best seven assists. In all, the team's 79 total points mark the highest scoring output of the season.

SETTING NEW MARKS

Kelley Flynn recorded season highs of 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks at Iowa State in the opening round of the Cyclone Challenge (Dec. 29). The double-digit mark was Flynn's highest scoring output since the season-opener at Brown when she notched 8 points.  

FRAMEWORK

Morgan Frame, a junior transfer from St. Anselm's College, erupted for a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds at Wagner in just her second career game as a Wildcat. Frame shot 15-for-26 from the floor to pace the Wildcats and fell just one point shy of matching the school record for points in a game, earning America East Player of the Week honors for her efforts. She also collected three steals in 41 minutes off the bench. Frame was instrumental throughout the contest as she scored nearly half of UNH's points in the first stanza (13-of-27) to keep the Wildcats within reach at halftime. She went on to net 18 in the second half and four points in overtime to seal the victory. Frame notched a double-double in each of her first two games after becoming eligible as a mid-year transfer last season.

LEADING THE LEAGUE

Only two players have netted 30-point performances in the America East this season, and both belong to New Hampshire. Morgan Frame owns the highest single-game effort in the league with a 35-point outing at Wagner, while Cari Reed represents the other member of the club with a 32-point showing against Harvard. Additionally, Frame's 15 field goals and Reed's eight 3-pointers are also single-game league-best efforts this season.

CARDIAC 'CATS

New Hampshire has played its best basketball in close games this season, as the team is a near-perfect 4-1 in games decided by five points or less. UNH downed Wagner, 73-72, in overtime, thanks to a last-second jumper by Denise Beliveau in extra time. Earlier in the season, Kelsey Hogan tipped in a game-winning buzzer-beater to help UNH beat Cornell. In both those contests, Cari Reed kept the Wildcats in the game with a late 3-pointer, including a timely distance shot at Wagner to send the game into overtime.   

CARI THE LOAD

Junior Cari Reed erupted for 32 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers, in UNH's home loss to Harvard. The previous school record was six 3-pointers, a mark shared by eight different Wildcats including Reed, while her 32 points are the most in the America East this season and the most by a Wildcat since Maren Matthias dropped 30 points on Dec. 13, 2002. Reed tied three others for the second-highest single-game three-point field goals made in America East history.

BELIVEAU NETS 1,000 POINTS

Denise Beliveau scored a team-high 15 points against Holy Cross, becoming the 16th player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She entered the contest at 999 and achieved the feat with her first basket of the game on a layup at the 18:18 mark of the first half. On that same basket, Beliveau also passed Heidi Plencner on the all-time scoring list and now sits alone in 9th place with 1,202 career tallies.

HOGAN'S HEROES

Kelsey Hogan is in the midst of a great sophomore campaign as she ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.0 points per game, netting double-digit numbers in nine games. A proven player in crunch time situations, Hogan posted 15 points at Cornell, including the game-winning basket with one-tenth of a second left on the clock to secure the, 63-62 victory. In UNH's season-opener at Brown, Hogan erupted for a game-high 17 points, more than she had in any single game last season, shooting 4-of-5 from downtown and also added a career-high nine boards. Hogan went on to best that mark with 10 rebounds against Seton Hall.

BACK-TO-BACK…

For the second time in as many weeks, Denise Beliveau was named the America East Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 9. Beliveau averaged 20.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in two league contests last week. She also shot 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from the field and improved her league-leading free-throw shooting with a perfect (10-for-10) performance combined in the two games. The forward added 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc to her weekly resumé. Beliveau recorded her league-leading sixth double-double of the season on Monday at UMBC with 17 points and 16 boards, finishing with three assists. She then led the Wildcats past Hartford with a 23-point, seven-rebound performance, leading all players in both categories. Beliveau hit 3-of-5 three-pointers against the Hawks, and netted eight straight points with a pair of treys midway through the first half to establish an early 13-point UNH advantage. In conference games this year, Beliveau is first in America East in scoring and free-throw percentage, second in rebounds, third in three-point field-goal percentage and fourth in field-goal percentage. She ranks sixth in Division I with a 91.1 percent mark at the charity stripe.

…TO BACK

Denise Beliveau's most recent America East Player of the Week honor marks the third straight weekly honor for a member of the UNH squad as Morgan Frame earned the title on Dec. 26.

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